Making a Rope?

How would be the best way of making a rope?

You could start making a small profile of the edge of the rope and use the screw tool to make a cylinder from the profile (can be used to make screws but can theoretically also be used for ropes if the profile is reversed)

Then you can make a curve and apply a curve modifer to the rope to make it deform.

Heres a previous rope thread ,hot off the forum search function.
link>http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?t=69257&highlight=rope